Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To be made up or composed: New York City consists of five boroughs. See Usage Note at include.
  • intransitive v. To have a basis; reside or lie: The beauty of the artist's style consists in its simplicity.
  • intransitive v. To be compatible; accord: The information consists with her account.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To exist, to be.
  • v. To be comprised or contained in.
  • v. To be composed, formed, or made up of.
  • n. A lineup or sequence of railroad carriages or cars, with or without a locomotive, that form a unit.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To stand firm; to be in a fixed or permanent state, as a body composed of parts in union or connection; to hold together; to be; to exist; to subsist; to be supported and maintained.
  • intransitive v. To be composed or made up; -- followed by of.
  • intransitive v. To have as its substance or character, or as its foundation; to be; -- followed by in.
  • intransitive v. To be consistent or harmonious; to be in accordance; -- formerly used absolutely, now followed by with.
  • intransitive v. To insist; -- followed by on.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To stand together; be in a fixed or permanent state, as a body composed of parts in union or connection; hence, to be; exist; subsist; be supported and maintained.
  • To remain coherent, stable, or fixed.
  • To abide; rest; be comprised, contained, performed, or expressed: followed by in.
  • To be composed; be made up: followed by of.
  • To be compatible, consistent, or harmonious; be in accordance; harmonize; accord: now followed by with, formerly also used absolutely.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. be consistent in form, tenor, or character; be congruous
  • v. originate (in)
  • v. have its essential character; be comprised or contained in; be embodied in
  • v. be composed of

Etymologies

Latin cōnsistere, to stand still, to be composed of : com-, intensive pref.; see com- + sistere, to cause to stand; see stā- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin consistō ("stand together, stop, become hard or solid, agree with, continue, exist"), from com- ("together") + sistō ("I cause to stand, stand"). (Wiktionary)
From consist (verb). (Wiktionary)

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